This past October 26th to November 1st I had the distinct honor and pleasure of traveling to the 44th Biennial Convention of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing. Joining me were Dr. Karin Lightfoot, Director of the nursing program at CSU Chico, and President of our Kappa Omicron chapter of STTI, and Heather Jacaboni, Student Intern and Web Designer for our chapter. This five day convention and business meeting provided us opportunities to network with other nurse leaders from around the world to share ideas, knowledge, perspectives, and personal experiences that unite us all in the global profession of nursing. The 2017 convention theme was “Influence Through Action: Advancing Global Health, Nursing, And Midwifery.” Over 1,000 oral presentations and poster displays detailed the latest in clinical innovations, critical research projects and important leadership initiatives.
During the House of Delegates meeting, the current President, Dr. Cathy Catrambone, handed over the gavel of the office of the president to Dr. Beth Tigges who gave a very motivational and inspiring “Call to Action” address. The theme of her message tells us that now, more than ever, is the time to continue building on our rich heritage and extraordinary success by finding exciting and new ways to connect with nurses worldwide, and collaborate with diverse partners to catalyze change for advancing world health and global nursing excellence.
Locally, we can connect with fellow nurses using technology and social media that helps us share opportunities and accomplishments, that maximizing our partnerships like never seen before in the history of our profession. By collaborating with partners, both in and out of the nursing profession, we can foster creativity and innovation, fulfilling the mission of nursing to our patients and the communities we serve. A catalyst is an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action. Sigma Theta Tau is the global organization but we are the local chapter of Kappa Omicron. Individually, and as a chapter, we must use our skills and initiative to bring about significant change and vision to our communities.
I look forward to meeting and working with all of you in the coming year.
CONNECT, COLLABORATE, and CATALYZE!
Paul Herman, DNP, MSN, RNC
Kappa Omicron Chapter
Sigma Theta Tau International